November 8, 2023

The Owl 11/8/2023

ISP Japanese Capstone Study Abroad Trip

Our Japanese Track 4th and 5th graders are off on their Capstone Study Abroad trip, and are having a wonderful time! They began attending school while doing homestay in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture. This is the first time ISP students have been able to do homestay since 2019, and it’s exciting to reintroduce this part of the Capstone experience!

In school, the students immediately began participating in classes and making connections with their new peers. The ISP group also visited the Mayor’s office, where local officials were highly impressed not only with the students’ level of fluency, but their familiarity with customs and culture. Stay tuned for more updates from Japan in the coming weeks!

PS. The Spanish and Chinese track Capstone trips are in March!


Reminder: IB PYP Parent Survey

Every 5 years, International Baccalaureate schools are required to engage in a rigorous Self-Study, which ensures that they continue to meet the highest standards of academic excellence.

The IB Self-Study involves a comprehensive internal review of our school’s adherence to the IB program’s standards and practices.

A key part of the IB Self-Study process is gathering parent feedback about your child’s learning experience here at ISP. We kindly ask you to complete a brief survey about the IB PYP program.


Thank you in advance for your participation, and we look forward to working together to continue providing an exceptional IB education for our students.


School Picture Retake Day Next Week

School Picture Retake Day will be Tuesday, November 14th.

IMPORTANT Please have your student bring back their original photo package, and Dorian will print the same package with the retake day image.

If your child was absent on the actual day, they will get the opportunity to have their photo taken that day as well. We know what students did not receive photos that day.

​​You have the ability to order pictures online by visiting and searching for “International School of Portland.” Your online order can be placed before and up to four (4) days after picture day.

After the 4-day grace period expires, a personalized access key will be sent home with picture delivery. A $7 shipping and handling fee will be added to all orders made with a personalized access key and orders will ship directly to your home.

You’re Invited to the 2024 Global Gala! Tickets On Sale Now!

Ready. Set. Step forward and buy your 2024 Global Gala Tickets Now! Ticket sales are live and we can’t wait to celebrate with you.

We are so excited to invite you all to our 2024 Global Gala: Footsteps to the Future! Our community is eager to connect with one another, celebrate all we have accomplished, and support the bright future ahead. We are busy planning fun events for this year’s Global Gala and you can start getting excited by buying your tickets now!

ISP Global Gala: Footsteps to the Future
January 27, 2024
The Loft on 8th

If you are unable to attend in person, you can still purchase from our wall of wine and bid in our online Silent Auction that features fabulous student artwork!


November Learner Profile Trait: Communicator

The ten International Baccalaureate Learner Profile traits are school values, and are means by which to support healthy social and emotional development. Our faculty focuses upon one of them each month as means.

For November, faculty are focusing on “Communicator”

Profile Overview: We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

In other words…  “We share our ideas and feelings, we listen actively, and we consider other perspectives.”
Our librarians, Amy and Tomoyo, have recommended books about Communication.


ISP SOLVE Campus Cleanup

The Green Team at International School of Portland is hosting a campus clean up that is open to ISP families and community residents. This is an opportunity to beautify the campus and the surrounding community.

Gloves, Vests, pickers, trash buckets and trash bags will be provided!

Saturday, November 11, 8-10am
Check in at ISP Lower Playground

Advanced Registration is required. Please sign up here ahead of time to guarantee your spot:

What to Bring: Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. Feel free to also bring a bottle for work. Coffee will be provided, however please try to bring your own reusable mug

Youth Volunteers: Volunteers 17 and under must be accompanied by an authorized adult.


ISP Student Support Team: Speech and Language Support information

Some parents have recently asked about their child’s speech, and wondered about getting them assessed for speech and language therapy services.

Families wanting information about speech and language therapy:
If you are wondering if your child might have speech and language struggles, there are three ways to get more information. One is to ask your pediatrician for a referral for assessment. One thing to know is that here at ISP we have students who access speech and language therapy online while at school, through OHSU speech and language services. You would have to specify with your child’s pediatrician to be referred to OHSU (supposedly they take most if not all insurances). Once referred, please inform Erin, Head of Student Support, who will be the one to coordinate your child getting services online during school time.

Another avenue is to go through your neighborhood public school and let them know you would like your child assessed by their speech and language pathologist. They would then contact me directly to set up an intake meeting. This process can take a long time (esp. for those within PPS due to the current strike), and if your child qualifies, they would be seen for services in person at the school, not at ISP, so that would be up to the parents to transport the child there.

Lastly, you can contact the myriad of private speech and language clinics to get assessed and access services. You would need to ask them directly whether your insurance would cover it.

-Erin Porter, she/her
Head of Student Support


Virtual Workshop: Sensory Strategies for Home and School

Swindell’s Resource Center at Providence Medical Center presents:

Virtual Workshop: Sensory Strategies for Home and School

Please join us as we welcome Sharron Donnelly, MS, OTR/L, owner of Advanced Pediatric Therapies, for a series of virtual workshops addressing all things sensory!

Virtual Workshop: Sensory Strategies for Home and School
Wednesday, November 8th
6:00 PM-7:00 PM
To register:

  • Problem solving tools for everyday situations
  • The importance of understanding your child’s sensory differences